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Nova, Aldo: Aldo Nova (remaster)

Life is just a fantasy, can you live this fantasy life?

Ahh, 1981, a time when commercial hard rock/metal was starting to permeate the airwaves here in the US, and a time when Montreal native Aldo Caporuscio put forth his debut solo album under the musical moniker of Aldo Nova. The album Aldo Nova was a brash yet refreshing blend of guitar mania, pop, glam, and symphonic rock, that briefly lit a fire on Billboard's Top 100.

Who can forget the breakthrough single "Fantasy", with its catchy hooks, classic chorus, irresistable keyboards, and crunchy guitar licks? However, there are a few other gems here, especially the emotional ballad "Ball and Chain", the rocking "It's Too Late", or the pop-metal anthem "Foolin' Yourself." Even the non-radio hits stand the test of time, like the metal thunder of "Hot Love", or the commercial yet ballsy "Heart to Heart." One of my favorites is the super-charged rocker "Under the Gun", which features some hot guitar licks from Aldo (who actually was a pretty good player) as well as catchy vocals and neat keyboard passages.

The remaster sounds crystal clear, especially the guitars and vocals, and you get full lyrics and notes on the history of the album, making this a worthwhile purchase. Sadly, Aldo Nova would never again reach the heights he did with this debut. However, it remains one of the 1980's forgotten bright spots.

Track Listing
1) Fantasy (5:03)
2) Hot Love (3:54)
3) It's Too Late (3:21)
4) Ball and Chain (4:01)
5) Heart to Heart (3:42)
6) Foolin' Yourself (3:34)
7) Under the Gun (3:46)
8) You're My Love (3:34)
9) Can't Stop Lovin' You (3:57)
10) See the Light (3:55)
Bonus Track
11) Foolin Yourself-alternate version (4:08)

Added: April 24th 2004
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Legacy Recordings
Hits: 3612
Language: english

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Nova, Aldo: Aldo Nova (remaster)
Posted by Hugh Dark on 2006-11-29 08:24:47
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This 2x's platinum cd has to be the Purple Rain of pop metal. It really was the original prototype for the eventual genre. Spaciously self-produced(mixed by Tony Bongiovi) with hook laden songs and great guitar (decent picking technique in See the Light) make this an absolute classic. It also provides somewhat of an enigma. First, the remaster claims that it was released in 1982; the credits on the back of the cover clearly state 1981. Only for the bonus song is 1982 given. I was able to find one source that says that it was released in 3-81 and another giving it gold certification on 5-82. I believe that it was 1981 and this is definitely the year these demos were recorded. It's a shame that the official release date is avoided and not given as the recording is due its proper respect. Secondly, sometimes the rhythm guitar seems to disappear? You really notice this on the second half of the disc. See the Light would have been much more effective if a rhythm guitar was playing in parallel to the keyboard lines. It is this same inconsistency of sound/direction that would prevent him from continuing his success that was initiated on this release. Interestingly, it was the same fate that pop-metal would suffer from as well. A prototype and an omen all in one package!

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